Torn Between a Desire to be Free…
When Laurie Spencer said “I do”, she never realized she’d be trading one pair of shackles for another—until her husband’s unexpected death leaves her with an opportunity to escape her controlling family for good. Determined to be independent, Laurie approaches sexy rancher Jared Smith with an offer she hopes he can’t refuse…
And a Longing to be His...
Jared’s determined to make it in Texas, but with the local banker turned against him, it looks like his dream may be slipping through his fingers. When unconsciously sensual Laurie offers a partnership, his luck may be changing…but when she throws herself in as part of the deal, Jared’s not sure he’ll be able to respect the terms of their agreement and keep his eyes—and his hands—to himself.
There’s something about Laurie that awakens every protective instinct Jared has…and when all hell breaks loose, there’s nothing and no one who’ll be able to keep this cowboy from her side.
- What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about?Obviously the myth of the cowboy. As we all know, the literary cowboy is a creation of novels, movies, and TV. However, it’s not entirely a myth because we’ve distilled the best from all the men of the West and poured it into one hero.
- If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?I really can’t say. I’d love to live in Greece or Rome, but I’d probably have been a slave or a peon. I think 19th century England would have been fun, but again I’d have to be one of the wealthy and privileged. Today is the best time for the average person to have lived.
- When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to?What are a couple songs on it?I don’t listen to music when I write. Having been a professional musician, I find it impossible not to listen. Besides, I object to hearing music without listening to it. I find the whole concept of background music offensive. I think it’s an insult to the composer and the performers. I have to add that all three of my children listened to music while they did their homework. They said it helped them concentrate. I never understood how that worked.
- What was your favorite childhood book?A book of Fairy Tales my mother read to us. Not Grimm’s. They aren’t for children.
- What is your favorite addition to chocolate?Peanut butter.
- What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?My stories can hardly be called erotic. In fact, my children are constantly urging me to write more sex so I can make more money.I think they’re more interested in their inheritance than in me having extra spending money. They’ve all read some of my books, but romance is not their favorite genre.
- Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?The only series I’ve ever kept up with was the Harry Potter series. I don’t normally like fantasy/paranormal/etc., but I couldn’t put those books down. I was at the bookstore the day they were on sale and didn’t do much else until I’d read the book.
- What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?At this point in my life (I’m 73) I’d be sleeping late, doing crossword puzzles, working in the yard, and reading as many books as possible.Then I’d finish off the day with a nice drink.
- Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?I really enjoy working in my yard. I have a fairly large vegetable garden and extensive flower beds. Since I moved into my present home just a little over four years ago, I’ve invested a great amount of time and money in getting beds established and improving the garden soil. I confiscate neighbors’ leaves for a huge compost pile, make war on Bermuda grass, and have fenced my yard to keep out deer and rabbits who’d rather eat my plants than watch them bloom.
- What is something you do to de-stress?I work in the yard or take long walks on the greenway. There’s nothing like vigorous physical activity to help you unwind.
- We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?Even when I have a clear scene in mind, the beginningof a book is hard because I don’t know my characters yet. But once they come alive for me, the story starts to roll.
10 Fun Facts about To Love and to Cherish
1. The heroine has the money to insure her freedom, but she can’t let anyone know about it.
2. My heroine is closer to her cousins than her parents.
3. Laurie’s first husband made her wear dresses that looked more like shrouds
5. Steve has a crush on the woman his uncle is going to marry.
That’s all I can think of.
Leigh Greenwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Seven Brides, Cowboys, and Night Riders series. The proud father of three grown children, Leigh resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He never intended to be a writer, but he found it hard to ignore the people in his head, and the only way to get them out was to write. Visit him at www.leigh-greenwood.com.